Democratic Party platform meeting LIVE BLOG, part 4

We’re back from lunch.

2:16 p.m.

An amendment to lengthen the statute of limitations on major financial fraud and to increase SEC resources passes.

2:35 p.m.

The committee overwhelmingly passed an amendment that said Democrats will defend Dodd-Frank reforms by blocking Republican efforts to underfund important regulatory agencies.

2:56 p.m.

An amendment to institute stronger language condemning the “revolving door” between corporations and governmental regulatory agencies has failed.

3:18 p.m.

Stronger anti-trust language has been passed onto the platform.

3:32 p.m.

An amendment introduced by Nancy Jacobson of Florida that would take a stronger stance against gerrymandering and support independent redistricting commissions has failed.

4:48 p.m.

Language stating that Democratic Party supports removing the Confederate Battle Flag from public properties has passed overwhelmingly.

5:21 p.m.

A few updates. First of all, two popular criminal justice amendments passed overwhelmingly. They passed an amendment to move toward effective drug courts and rehabilitation instead of incarceration and an amendment that would affirm the Democrats’ support for public defense and making sure public defenders meet American Bar Association standards.

There’s currently a great deal of dispute because of a recent vote. An amendment to support removing marijuana from Schedule 1 of the Controlled Substances Act passed by one vote, 81-80, but now some in the committee are challenging if 81 votes was enough to pass it under the committee rules. Stay tuned.

5:29 p.m.

The committeeman asking to review the marijuana vote has withdrawn his inquiry and the 81-80 vote in favor of removing marijuana from schedule 1 has been upheld.

6:21 p.m.

The amendment pictured above, introduced by Ben Jealous to lay forth policy specifics to combat police brutality and police racism, passed unanimously to chants of “black lives matter.” Additionally, an amendment to state support for removing bureaucracy and red tape that inhibits the reunion of immigrant families passed overwhelmingly.

6:56 p.m.

An amendment to soften threatening language toward Iran in the platform that stated we “will not hesitate to take military action if Iran violates the agreement” has failed 67-90.

A statement to support an “end to illegal settlements and occupations” in Palestine by Israelis has failed, 73-95.


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